About Us – Our Story

Our Story

Established in 2003, the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is Africa’s first and largest network of centres of excellence for innovative post-graduate training in mathematical sciences. We enable Africa’s youth to shape the continent’s future through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, public engagement and research. We have five centres of excellence in South Africa, Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon and Rwanda and a Research and Innovation Centre in Rwanda.

Our Values


Equity and Inclusion




Our vision is to see a prosperous Africa, propelled by innovative education and mathematical science. 


Our mission is to empower talented young Africans to be creative leaders in science and technology. 


The first AIMS Centre of Excellence opens in South Africa


AIMS founder Neil Turok wins Ted Prize


AIMS establishes a global secretariat to support its expansion

Google and Canada’s International Development Research Centre join as AIMS partners

NEPAD endorses AIMS’ approach


AIMS Senegal opens


AIMS Ghana opens

AIMS postgraduate course accredited as a Master’s degree program


Next Einstein Forum is Launched

AIMS Cameroon opens


AIMS Tanzania opens


Mastercard Foundation Partners with AIMS

AIMS endorsed by the African Union Commission


Inaugural Next Einstein Forum

AIMS Rwanda Opens


African Master’s in Machine Intelligence (AMMI) launch in 2018

Quantum Leap Africa (QLA) launch in 2018

AIMS Ghana becomes a UNESCO Category 2 Centre of Excellence


AIMS Ghana Launches the Masters in Mathematical Sciences for Teachers and the Girls in Mathematical Sciences Program


200+ Partner Network

500+ World-Class Lecturers

250+ Distinguished Researchers

Establishment of AIMS Research and Innovation Centre

Siyakhula – AIMS South Africa at 20

Our Milestones

Our Reach

Our Alumni come from 46 Countries
AIMS Centre
AIMS Alumni
The AIMS network is governed by the International Governing Board (IGB) who serve as the legal parent of the AIMS organisation, and of each local entity. The day-to-day operations of each entity are governed by a local board and management.
Audit and Finance Committee
The Audit and Finance Committee is a Board sub-committee tasked with ensuring due diligence in respect of financial, legal and management matters.
Academic and Scientific Advisory Council
The Academic and Scientific Advisory Council brings together lead- ing international and African scientists to provide insights, advice and guidance on:
The AIMS management team manages the day to day running of AIMS programs and initiatives, ensuring compliance to donor agreements and ensuring impact in all areas of AIMS work.